The Mason Volunteer Fire Department can now keep all of its fire trucks indoors with the help of a $25,000 community development grant.
The City of Mason and LCRA provided the grant to help construct a 4,365-square-foot metal building and pay for the addition’s slab construction. The all-metal building includes two new bays for fire engines, an extension of the existing four bays, new restrooms and three dorm rooms.
“Because all of the fire trucks were not housed in the fire station, the fire department and the City could not get insurance credit for them,” said Charles Grosse, Mason fire chief. “With the fire station addition, all of the trucks are now housed indoors so we can get credit for having them and our citizens can get a reduction in their insurance rates. Keeping the trucks indoors also helps protect them from weathering and greatly reduces the risk of theft and vandalism to them.”
The community grant is one of a number of grants recently awarded through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. The City of Mason is one of LCRA’s 43 wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program.
LCRA is a nonprofit conservation and reclamation district that provides energy, water and community services to Texans. Created by the Texas Legislature in 1934, LCRA has no taxing authority and operates solely on utility revenues and service fees. LCRA supplies electricity to more than 1.1 million Texans through more than 40 wholesale customers. LCRA also provides many other services to the region. These services include managing floods, protecting the quality of the lower Colorado River and its tributaries, providing parks and recreational facilities, offering economic development assistance, operating water and wastewater utilities, and providing soil, energy and water conservation programs.